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Ohio Set to Vote on Ending Public Union Rights

March 1, 2011

There is a full court press going on right now, TODAY, against public employees, teachers, unions, and their collective bargaining rights. If you have been reading my posts, you know I did a piece linking the billionaire Koch Brothers and the John Birch Society – co-founded by their father, Fred Koch. The JBT’s principles state they are against collectivism: unions, welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and public education.

Republican governors are banding together – many of them supported by the Koch brothers – to take advantage of their political majority and using the state budget crisis to go after ALL OF THE ABOVE! Their false claims of broken budgets due to guaranteed pensions and public employees is giving them license to rip at the fabric of our nation. The Republican governors have ignored that their budgets are broken due to high unemployment resulting in anemic tax revenues due to the massive fraud on Wall Street. If their states Attorney Generals would sue the BIG FIVE BANKS for their fraud, they would be doing their civic duty, but instead they are starting a class warfare between public employees and taxpayers.

NY Times reports today:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate is expected this week to consider a revised version of a bill to end collective bargaining for public-sector workers, and thousands of union members who gathered outside the Statehouse here Tuesday said they were bracing for the worst.

“This is going to get passed and people will sit back and say, ‘What happened?’ ” said Mark Horton, a retired firefighter who is treasurer of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters. “Once it’s done, there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.”

Unlike similar legislation in Wisconsin, which exempts police officers and firefighters, the Ohio bill includes them, making the measure particularly contentious. The bill is expected to be taken up by the Ohio Senate as soon as Thursday.

But Republicans say legislation that seeks to eliminate long-held union prerogatives are part of broader austerity measures intended to reduce crippling budget deficits, of which public employee pensions have played a growing role.

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